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On Parenting your Characters: How Authors Treat Characters Like Toddlers

Interesting perspective on raising your characters and how to take better care of them/keep them in line. Wish I could bring a few of my characters back to the hospital and get a new one!

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

738051_attitude_1Have you ever thought about how characters are like toddlers? Or how, in order to be successful, an author has to treat characters, to some degree, like great parents treat their kids?

Seriously. Great parenting can be a model for great authoring. This post is all about why that is, and how to get the most from your characters.


Have you ever lived in a household during, or heard horror stories about, the adjustment period a toddler goes through when a sibling arrives? Why is this?

Simple: toddlers enjoy, and are used to being, the center of attention for vast periods of time. When baby brother or sister comes, that changes all at once, and a toddler is hurt, confused, and angered by the new addition’s impact on his or her life.

No matter how much you try to prepare a toddler for what a new…

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About munchkinwrites

Christine: n. a girl perpetually caught between childhood and maturity, reality and fiction. Blogs about writing, music, life and random rainbows.


One thought on “On Parenting your Characters: How Authors Treat Characters Like Toddlers

  1. Excellent post, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

    Posted by Jayde-Ashe | June 23, 2013, 3:41 pm

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